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Linux distribution for the cloud

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Is putting archives of binaries on a CD image still the way to serve the users? In the face of the likes of Google and Amazon impacting the way …

Is putting archives of binaries on a CD image still the way to serve the users? In the face of the likes of Google and Amazon impacting the way
users interact with software and systems, and eroding the four freedoms, how can Linux distributions keep up? Distribute QEMU images? Write a free GMail clone? Offer community-managed web email hosting? Can this work, and who is going to pay for it?

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  • 1. Linux Distribution for the Cloud Peter Eisentraut petere@debian.org FOSDEM 2010
  • 2. What is a Linux Distribution?
  • 3. What is a Linux Distribution? Integrating a bunch of free/open software
  • 4. What is a Linux Distribution? Distributing a software collection to users Integrating a bunch of free/open software
  • 5. What is a Linux Distribution? Distributing a software collection to users Integrating a bunch of free/open software Implementing the freedoms
  • 6. What is a Cloud?
  • 7. What is a Cloud?
  • 8. What is a Cloud? Provisioning of services hosted on shared resources over the Internet
  • 9. First Linux distribution . . .
  • 10. Or maybe this . . . Cloud version 0
  • 11. Wrapped in this . . .
  • 12. A bunch of these . . .
  • 13. Or just one of these . . .
  • 14. Or usually this . . . Cloud version 0.5
  • 15. But what about this?
  • 16. Or this?
  • 17. Solutions Random, ad hoc, or vendor specific solutions . . .
  • 18. Solutions Random, ad hoc, or vendor specific solutions . . . FAI (http://www.informatik.uni-koeln.de/fai/)
  • 19. Solutions Random, ad hoc, or vendor specific solutions . . . FAI (http://www.informatik.uni-koeln.de/fai/) Distribute virtual images in addition to ISOs?
  • 20. Solutions Random, ad hoc, or vendor specific solutions . . . FAI (http://www.informatik.uni-koeln.de/fai/) Distribute virtual images in addition to ISOs? Offer automatic deployment to cloud services?
  • 21. Ubuntu Cloud http://www.ubuntu.com/cloud
  • 22. Current Problems Lack of standards Integration of available software Linux distributions can drive this
  • 23. More Information http://socializedsoftware.com/2010/01/20/ eleven-open-source-cloud-computing-projects-to-watch/ Eucalyptus Systems — http://www.eucalyptus.com/ http://oddments.org/?p=78
  • 24. The Linux Desktop
  • 25. The Linux Desktop
  • 26. The Linux Desktop Where does this leave Linux distributors?
  • 27. Problems The server-side software is not “free”. The hosting is not “free”. Little/no control over data. No “open-source” community.
  • 28. Ways Forward Need more “free” web services. Need “free” hosting model. Need data access/protection model. Rethinking licensing, freedom.
  • 29. Ways Forward Need more “free” web services. Identi.ca, OpenStreetMap, ownCloud, . . . Need “free” hosting model. Need data access/protection model. Rethinking licensing, freedom.
  • 30. Ways Forward Need more “free” web services. Identi.ca, OpenStreetMap, ownCloud, . . . Need “free” hosting model. Hostsharing.net Need data access/protection model. Rethinking licensing, freedom.
  • 31. Ways Forward Need more “free” web services. Identi.ca, OpenStreetMap, ownCloud, . . . Need “free” hosting model. Hostsharing.net Need data access/protection model. auditing, data dumps (“preferred form for modification”) Rethinking licensing, freedom.
  • 32. Ways Forward Need more “free” web services. Identi.ca, OpenStreetMap, ownCloud, . . . Need “free” hosting model. Hostsharing.net Need data access/protection model. auditing, data dumps (“preferred form for modification”) Rethinking licensing, freedom. AGPL?
  • 33. Ways Forward Need more “free” web services. Identi.ca, OpenStreetMap, ownCloud, . . . Need “free” hosting model. Hostsharing.net Need data access/protection model. auditing, data dumps (“preferred form for modification”) Rethinking licensing, freedom. AGPL? Commercial opportunities
  • 34. Freedoms Free Software Definition 0. Freedom to run 1. Freedom to study and change 2. Freedom to redistribute 3. Freedom to distribute modified versions
  • 35. Freedoms 0. Freedom to run 1. Freedom to study and change 2. Freedom to redistribute 3. Freedom to distribute modified versions Freedom to access and control my data
  • 36. More Information https://www.joachim-breitner.de/blog/archives/ 344-About-the-Freedoms-of-Web-Services.html Eben Moglen, “Freedom in the Cloud”
  • 37. Summary Linux distributors can drive: Integration of cloud software Distribution of software in the cloud Freedom in the cloud
  • 38. Rights and Attributions This presentation “Linux Distribution for the Cloud” was authored by Peter Eisentraut and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Picture credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matsuyuki/2607912618/ (CC-BY-SA) http://www.flickr.com/photos/secretlondon/2592690167/ (CC-BY-SA) http://www.flickr.com/photos/jrepin/188800171/ (CC-BY-SA) http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobbigmac/2543562507/in/set-72157605291764838/ (CC-BY-SA) http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattimattila/3003324844/ (CC-BY) http://www.flickr.com/photos/neospire/3594831805/ (CC-BY) http://www.flickr.com/photos/saipal/199661563/ (CC-BY) http://www.flickr.com/photos/lloyds-screenies/2809262218/ (CC-BY) http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcuthrell/2101814328/ (CC-BY-SA) http://www.flickr.com/photos/ndevil/4117337083/ (CC-BY) All listed pictures under indicated Create Commons licenses.